An Accurate Portrait

Many people feel that time starts when our universe was created, a point of infinite density where everything was infinitely small and had a temperature of over a quadrillion degrees, and this beginning is what we call the Big Bang.  I believe that anything that exists must have a mechanism to explain it, so this Big Bang theory always makes me think that the Big Bang was sparked by something else which happened before it.  There is a theory called Cosmic inflation that sets up this initial state before the Big Bang.  Cosmic inflation started out as a theory to explain a period of extremely rapid exponential expansion of the universe during its first few moments, but I think it is possible that this period existed before the Big Bang.  If it did, during this Inflation period of time before the Big Bang, our universe was extremely cold, almost at absolute zero, and it was empty of everything but empty space, and that empty space carried energy that stretched the universe out to this enormous size and into the initial state before the Big Bang.  If this is what happened, then this pre-bang universe period should be where time began.  If time did not begin at the bang, if a long era preceded the onset of the present cosmic expansion, then time would just be an abstract concept that means nothing.

String theory grew out of a model that Gabriele Veneziano wrote down in 1968 to describe the world of nuclear particles (such as protons and neutrons) and their interactions.  Despite much initial excitement, the model failed.  It was abandoned in favor of quantum chromodynamics, which describes nuclear particles in terms of more elementary constituents, quarks.  String theory was revived when it was theorized that quarks were tied together by elastic strings.  String theory is built upon Einstein’s notion of space-time, but where Einstein’s theory has three space dimensions and one time dimension, string theory predicts a few more space dimensions, but most of these dimensions are compactified, so they are curled up on themselves on very small scales, leaving us with the three spatial dimensions and time.  Some physicists think that after some passage of time, the string interactions caused the symmetry of the universe to spontaneously break, resulting in the three spatial dimensions expanding.  The time when the symmetry is broken is thought to be the birth of the universe.  The birth of length, width and height gave us size and volume and without that, all we would have is nothing.

String theory also proposes the idea of parallel universes and M-theory proposes a Universe of 11 dimensions.  What if our universe is not the only universe, how does that effect time?  The multiverse is a hypothetical group of multiple universes.  Together, these universes comprise everything that exists: the entirety of space, time, matter, energy, information, and the physical laws and constants that describe them.  It is hard to think about anything that lies beyond our universe, but it is possible that our universe is just one of many in a much larger multiverse.

Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question #178 which asks, “When did time actually begin.”

Green Energy

After the shock of seeing the amount of his latest electricity invoice wore off, Ted decided that, in order to save energy going forward, he would… live green.  Ted had heard about green energy, and he knew it could save the planet, but that would only increase his electric bill, so the way Ted was going to live green was to steal the power from his neighbor Mr. Green.  Desperate times require desperate measures and actions that he might have considered to be extreme under normal circumstances are deemed appropriate during these harsh occasions.  Ted didn’t know Mr. Green that well, but what he did know of him, he didn’t like.  Neighbors can come in all shapes and forms and Mr. Green was somebody that he would simply wave at from time to time, because he never integrated himself into the neighborhood, keeping to himself mostly, but his dog was a downright nuisance and that got under Ted’s skin.  His dog was constantly barking, and Mr. Green did nothing to try and stop that and worse yet, he let his dog do its business in Ted’s yard.  Since their yards were small, Ted found himself in constant contact with Mr. Green and his annoying dog.

Ted asked Mr. Green if he was going to come over and pick up the poop that his dog left in the yard and Mr. Green told Ted not to worry about it, as it was a gift from his dog and it would make good fertilizer for Ted’s grass.  Ted told Mr. Green that if he didn’t pick it up immediately that Ted was going to file a complaint with the animal control center, and they might take his dog away.  Mr. Green got out his hose and washed it away, but Ted could still smell it, so Ted asked Mr. Green what he was feeding his dog, as Ted had never smelled such a rancid or foul odor before.  Mr. Green admitted that it was a particularly pungent one and that maybe Ted should have bottled it up, as when it is noticeably stinky like this one, there is a good chance that the methane could be converted to power.  Mr. Green told Ted to put the dog poop inside of a digester that contains sludge-eating bacteria.  As they consume the waste, the bacteria will give off methane gas, which can then be easily converted into electricity.  Mr. Green gave Ted the idea, but Ted was not going to bottle up Mr. Green dog’s poop, Ted decided that he would tap directly into the power meter on Mr. Green’s house.

Written for Fandango’s Story Starter #59.

Sweet Caroline

The spring became summer and Caroline was still missing, lost at sea, shipwrecked presumed to be drowned.  I searched relentlessly for her months on end, without letting up, or pausing for an instant, maintaining a persistent pursuit, while I still thought that she could be alive.  I took her out on a cruise on my 58-foot sailing yacht, and shortly after sailing into the ocean, we lost sight of the shore and became disoriented.  We did not know which way was home, so we started drifting further and further from land.  The sea can be an unforgivable place, as there’s no food, water, or shelter, and in every direction, the view is simply a glistening sheet of nothingness.  Worse yet is all of the dangerous predators that are lurking just beneath the depths.  You may wonder how in the heck can someone fall overboard on a ship, but going overboard is something that cannot be predicted, nor can it be stopped once in progress.

We hit a patch of rough water and the waves made our boat sway back and forth which cause Caroline to lose her balance.  Caroline being drunk at the time surely didn’t help matters.  The last thing I saw was her hand reaching out for me as the water took her.  I lowered a lifeboat and began to search for my love, but when I saw a group of sharks swimming around, I got back on the boat.  Times always seemed so good when we were together, and I enjoyed touching her just as much as she enjoyed touching me.  As I looked out at the night it seemed so lonely without her and I thought about her hands, touching my hands, reaching out, touching me, as I wanted to be touching her.  Sweet Caroline bah, bah, bah!

Written for Sadje at Keep It Alive What Do You See #147, where the Image credit comes from Stromseeker @ Unsplash.


Birding and bird watching might seem like the same thing, but they are actually quite different and that distinction is based on commitment, dedication, passion and intensity.  Viewing birds makes you a bird watcher, while the act of traveling to seek out birds is known as birding.  A birder recognizes birds by their songs and calls.  Carol is a birder and she is mostly interested in gulls, which are members of a large, widespread family of seabirds.  These birds are often known as seagulls, although no species is actually called a seagull, and many are found far from the sea.  She finds these beautiful birds to be intelligent, and has noticed that they demonstrate complex methods of communication and they have a highly-developed social structure.  They are very adaptable relying on kleptoparasitism (deliberately taking resources from another) to get their food even though they sometimes get a bad reputation for stealing chips.  There are at least twenty-eight types of gull species seen in North America.  These numerous long-winged web-footed aquatic birds are fairly well distributed throughout the continent along the coastlines and at sea.

In general, gulls are robust, long winged birds that have bills that are stout and hooked and fully webbed feet except for the hind toes.  Unlike terns, which are found in similar habitats, gulls have broader wings and squared-off or rounded tails.  Many gull species exhibit different colorations due to seasonal changes or maturity level and it is often very difficult to identify a given gull’s species.  Bill and leg coloration are excellent distinguishing characteristics to use identifying gulls, but these birds can be some of the hardest birds to easily identify.  The plumage of the juveniles of different species takes from three to four years to achieve an adult plumage.  Some of the gull types have a non-breeding and a breeding plumage that change throughout the seasons.  To make this even more challenging, gulls cross-breed with other types of gulls, forming hybrids that reflect the looks and characteristics of each of the parent birds.

The gulls that Carol feeds are able to identify and remember her, and they seem to enjoy interacting with her.  The average lifespan for a seagull is 10-15 years in the wild, but there have been cases where they have lived up to 30 years old.  Gulls have an impressive sense of smell that allows them to detect the faintest trace of food from over 3 miles away and they have incredible vision, as they can see clearly from as far away as 2 miles.  A gull can eat up to 20% of its body weight in food each day mostly eating seafood like crabs, clams, mussels, shrimps and small fish, but they also scavenge for scraps of human food left behind by tourists or trash cans when humans aren’t looking.  A group of gulls is called a colony and these birds will mate for life with their partner.  All gulls fly in an erratic pattern to protect themselves from predators.  This behavior is called “jinking”, and the aim of it is to confuse any predator that may be pursuing them.​​​​​​ ​ These patterns are completely unpredictable and always changing, which makes it hard for the predator such as falcons or hawks to know what they’re going to do next.

Carol has been warmed many times not to feed the gulls, as some people feel that they are becoming a public health risk.  They say that feeding them increases their population and in turn that increases the risks of e-coli, salmonella and botulism.  They see these birds as nothing more than pests, like rats that can fly.  Some people complain that these birds are keeping them from being able to sleep and once people start feeding them, they will repeatedly call for food.  It is thought that feeding them will embolden them to become more aggressive and the more food they are fed, that will make them act like that scene from the Alfred Hitchcock horror film “The Birds”, as they divebomb at you while you are enjoying a snack on the beach.  Carol never listens to these people, because she finds it fun when the gulls take food right from her fingers.

Written for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #181.

Looking to the Sky

‘Learn to Fly’ was released on the Foo Fighters 1999 third studio album There Is Nothing Left To Lose and the single went to #21 in the UK, and it climbed up to #13 in the US.  The Foo Fighters took their name from a term used by World War II pilots, and they have their own private jet.  The Foo Fighters were named after a string of unexplained aerial sightings by both Allied and enemy forces during WWII toward the end of World War 2.  Mission updates from the 415th Night Fighter Squadron began reporting inexplicable lights following their aircraft along with details of dogfights over the German-occupied Rhine Valley.  After Kurt Cobain’s death in April of 1994, then Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl started working on a solo musical endeavor, mostly songs that he wrote that never made it to any of the Nirvana albums.  Dave said that he was trying to figure out his life when he picked up a hitchhiker who was wearing a Kurt Cobain T-shirt and he thought, “Even in this remote place I can’t outrun life.”  So, he went home and started over with the Foo Fighters, as a way to survive and get on with his life.

While Grohl was still in Nirvana, he issued an album of demos, Pocketwatch, under the pseudonym Late! in 1992.  The Foo Fighters are an American rock band formed in Seattle in 1994 with Dave Grohl as the only official member of the band on their 1995 debut album Foo Fighters.  Grohl formed a band to support this album recruiting bassist Nate Mendel, drummer William Goldsmith, and guitarist Pat Smea.  On the album There Is Nothing Left To Lose, the band consisted of the trio of Grohl, Mendel, and drummer Taylor Hawkins.  ‘Learn to Fly’ was the band’s first song to enter the Billboard Hot 100, as well as their second-highest charting song on the Hot 100.  I wasn’t able to make much sense out of the lyrics for ‘Learn to Fly’, but Grohl said that it is about wanting to be a pilot, and at this time Dave Grohl wanted to become a pilot.  Most of the information written about this song deals with the video which features Jack Black and his Tenacious D partner, Kyle Gass who are airline attendants that mistakenly spike the coffee.  Dave Grohl was previously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 with Nirvana, along with Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffee, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, and Pat Smear.  The Foo Fighters were inducted in 2021.

Run and tell all of the angels
This could take all night
Think I need a devil to help me
Get things right

Hook me up a new revolution
‘Cause this one is a lie
We sat around laughing
And watch the last one die

I’m looking to the sky to save me
Looking for a sign of life
Looking for something help me burn out bright

I’m looking for a complication
Looking ‘cause I’m tired of trying
Make my way back home
When I learn to fly (high)

Think I’m done nursing the patience
I can wait one night
I’d give it all away
If you give me one last try

We live happily ever trapped
If you just save my life
Run and tell the angels
That everything is all right

I’m looking to the sky to save me
Looking for a sign of life
Looking for something help me burn out bright

I’m looking for a complication
Looking ‘cause I’m tired of trying
Make my way back home
When I learn to fly (high)
Make my way back home
When I learn to fly

Fly along with me
I can’t quite make it alone
Try to make this life my own
Fly along with me
I can’t quite make it alone
Try to make this life my own

I’m looking to the sky to save me
Looking for a sign of life
Looking for something help me burn out bright

I’m looking for a complication
Looking ‘cause I’m tired of trying
Make my way back home
When I learn to

Looking to the sky to save me
Looking for a sign of life
Looking for something help me burn out bright

I’m looking for a complication
Looking ‘cause I’m tired of trying
Make my way back home
When I learn to fly high
Make my way back home
When I learn to fly
Make my way back home
When I learn to

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme is Educate, Learn, School, Teach.

School is Back

Schools usually open back up after Labor Day, but in Florida, most of the kids returned to school on August 10th, however that date varies depending on what county they live in.  In my county the school’s all opened amid diseases and outbreaks that are circulating in the state, nation and the world.  The highly transmissible omicron subvariant called BA.5 is not the only thing that they have to worry about, as Monkey Pox and Polio are also around this year.  Florida came in third behind California and New York with 1,085 cases of Monkey Pox reported.  Polio has not been found here in Florida yet, but when people don’t get their required vaccines, who knows what is going to happen.  Besides getting your kids backpacks, lunch boxes, and notebooks, make sure that they get their required vaccines.

Last week we had A Giraffe’s Ass where the theme was to find songs about Pets, Names, or Memories suggested by Di of pensitivity101.  This week the theme is to find songs about Educate, Learn, School, Teach.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you are able to as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two.  Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the theme, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

• Try to use the prompt words or at least conform to a general theme, as you see it.  If the song you select does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• It would be good if you could post the lyrics to the song of your choice, as this is helpful for the people that want to follow along with the music.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due. It would also be a good idea to give credit to the singer and the band associated with your song.
• Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be, but please try not to include too many videos as that just makes it take longer to look at all of the other posts.
• Link to the YouTube video, or you can pull it into your post, so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.

This week I will be writing about the Foo Fighters song ‘Learn To Fly’, and next week, I will be writing about the song ‘Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?’ by Eric Clapton.  The upcoming prompts will be:
August 21, 2022 – Underrated Deep Album Cuts suggested by Greg’s Blog
August 28, 2022 – Better with Age: Failed or Overlooked Songs that Eventually Became Fan Favorites suggested by Greg’s Blog
September 4, 2022 – Sounds, Talk, Voice, Words suggested by Di of pensitivity101
September 11, 2022 – Novelty songs suggested by Di of pensitivity101

Fun Words

1.What are you if you are Mabsoot?
Part of Israel Intelligence

2. What does it mean to nidificate?
You are having sex with a goat

3. What is a pabouch?
A person who worships cows

4. What is quab?
That is a long dark tunnel which leads to nowhere

5. What is tacenda?
This is the last note played in an opera

6. What does it mean to be ulotrichous?
This means you see unicorns in your dreams

7. What is waftage?
This happens when you keep eating Mexican food

8. What does it mean to yaff?
This is wearing the same clothes every day because you don’t have time to do laundry

9. What is to yuke?
This is talking on your phone while sitting on the toilet

10. What is zabaglione?
This is when a lion parties too much and the next say it is half in the bag

Written for Di’s Fibbing Friday.

Wireless Speakers for Smartphone Playlists

Mobile technology lets us use our cell phones for many other things besides making calls and sending texts and music streaming has becoming a norm. Using a smartphone to stream music continues to become more popular. People love listening to their music on their smartphones and many people save their playlists on their device for offline playback. We pretty much have the ability to listen to anything, from anywhere. Most smartphones have not improved their sound quality, packing in just a single speaker, or allowing you to employ an earpiece, resulting in a sound that is often tinny and uneven, though at least has a stereo effect. Most listeners feel that audio is at the heart of the mobile experience and better smartphone speaker quality matters to them because they want something that they can play loud without distorting the sound. Smartphone manufactures like to boast about their devices’ big screens and their quality cameras, but they usually overlook sound quality, and this is where wireless speakers come into play.

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97% of Americans own some kind of a cellphone with 85% having a smartphone.  Fans are enjoying more music today than ever before, and people listen to music on their smartphones as much as they do on the radio.  People are spending an hour and a half of their time listening to music every day and many of them are using their phones to listen, but the audio quality is poor, so people are purchasing wireless speakers that integrate with their phones to get better sound.  These WiFi or Bluetooth speakers are portable and once they are connected to your home network you will be able to leave the room with your smartphone without stopping the music.  You simply connect multiple speakers in different rooms to each other via WiFi and an app on your smartphone.  People are taking their tunes with them where ever they go, using water-resistant speakers that feature a rechargeable…

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Sex Den

When I found this disposable camera on the ground, I decided to get the photos developed at my local CVS Photo location.  They told me that the processing would only take a few hours and then I could come back and pick up the photos.  I went to pick up the developed pictures and the girl gave me a disturbing look, as all of these pictures were a bit unsettling.  She smiled at me and said, “Nice sex den.  It looks a lot like that bizarre place from the Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman movie Eyes Wide Shut.”  I was totally embarrassed, as I had watched that movie about the underground sex group that were into all sorts of perversions, but I smiled back at her and told her that the camera was not mine and that I just got the pictures developed, but I am not responsible for the content.  She said, “That could be risky, as if I saw kiddie porn, then I would be required to call the police.  I am new here and I had to look at all of the pictures, to make sure that they came out alright, but that one where the guy was having sex with the goat was beyond shocking.”

Written for Reena’s Xploration Challenge 243 where today she gave us two options and I went with Situation 1 where: Your character finds an old, disposable camera on the ground. They get the photos developed. What they see tells an unsettling story.

Lost in the Dark

‘Open My Eyes’ was written by Todd Rundgren and this song was released in 1968 on the Nazz eponymous debut album.  This song was on the B side on their record ‘Hello It’s Me’, which charted at #66 on the Pop Singles chart.  Nazz was a four-piece band from Philadelphia that featured a keyboardist named Stewkey Antoni who sang the lead vocals, Carson Van Osten who played bass guitar, and sang backing vocals, Thom Mooney on drums and Todd Rundgren who played electric guitar, sang backing vocals, and did string arrangements, along with mixing and he wrote nearly all of the band’s tunes.  ‘Open My Eyes’ was based a on a riff inspired by The Who’s ‘Can’t Explain’, with Stewkey playing organ and a first-generation Rhodes (an electric piano invented by Harold Rhodes) accompanied with Todd’s acid fuzz guitar, supported by Carson Van Osten’s rolling bass and Thom Mooney’s drums and bongos.

The lyrics are simple, but the music is very catchy.  This guy is lost in a haze till he sees the fire in this girl’s eyes.  His friends don’t think this girl is right for him, saying that she will dump him soon.  He never asked for their advice, and he is planning on sticking with her.  His soul is consumed with thoughts of this person that he can’t see a thing but the fire in her eyes.  Having fire in your eyes represents having passion or desire for someone that is so intense, it shows in your eyes.

Underneath your gaze I was found in
The haze I’m wandering around in
I am lost in the dark of my own room
And I can’t see a thing but the fire in your eyes

Clear my eyes, make me wise
Or is all I believe in lies
I really don’t know when or where to go
And I can’t see a thing ‘til you open my eyes

I’ve been told by some you’ll forget me
The thought doesn’t upset me
I am blind to whatever they’re saying
And all I can see is the fire in your eyes

Can’t believe that it’s on your mind
To leave me behind

Written for Thursday Inspiration #170 I Saw The Light